No I am not going to write a 1000 word essay on self discipline. I believe that my post on focus should do a better job for that. Freedom is my concern today. What exactly is it?
If you look around at the world today, it’s very likely that everyone is looking for some form of freedom. If they are not looking then they just wish they had it. How do you explain ultra successful individuals who quit their day jobs to start their own ventures. Its purely a search for true freedom. But then what is true freedom?
Freedom from the world
It is essentially what we all recognize as real freedom. Most of us have grown up our whole lives struggling to get what we want in one way or another. Only a few individuals from the entire human race can say they’ve honestly had it easy. When we are born we are told not to cry too much. We want to play instead but we are told that we will bruise ourselves. There are just so many chains all around. French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once said “Man is born free and yet everywhere he is in chains.” He had a valid point. Pink Floyd even sang a song to express it , “We don’t need no education..” Its true education helps us a lot but there has been a lot of argument to the structure of institutions that are meant to distribute it. We want to be free from these structures. That is why even holidays exist in schools. We all know that its a struggle to go through an entire semester sitting in small rooms in order to understand stuff. Our natural selves are always looking outside the window because we long to explore whats on the other side. If we did not bring ourselves willingly and gladly into those classrooms then it will suffice to say we have been imprisoned. We are not free.
The scenario is even made worse once one becomes an adult and joins the league of the 9-5 trotters. No holidays there (meaningful ones that is). You either love what you do or quit and let someone who does get on board. No one has time to teach you how to stay focused on what you are hired to do. Again, the captivity of the office cubicle can slowly kill you. That is how important freedom is to the human soul. But then, comes the question, What if you had it all? What if everything you think you have been deprived of is generously placed in your hands – money, time, social circles.. What will you do then?
Freedom from self
For freelance workers, it is time that is unlimited. For entrepreneurs, the money can be scarce. But in a way it truly isn’t. It is always just enough. The goal remains the same, to make the best use of your time and money. The challenge is learning how to stay focused on priorities. In the office place you might have felt like you were dying by doing so many things that you didn’t really give a damn about. Outside in the real world, you realize that you might be underachieving. The bait that was used to lure the productive side of you into action is no longer there – no fancy salary or threats of getting fired here. You are a lone ranger trekking your own path to success and stability. What will you do to get motivated? You are free but limited at the same time. I have now come to honestly believe that if you cant find inner strength to motivate yourself toward anything you want then you are still a prisoner inside – a prisoner of yourself. Weak character cannot be bought off with any kind of resource. In fact to the contrary it takes some kind of sacrifice.
Earlier on, I said that the resources are always just enough. So what is really holding you back is you. How do you free yourself from you? If you are weak when you start how can you expect a heavy amount of resources to be handed over to you? As a freelancer, if you got a client who is willing to pay you 7000 dollars for some web design work would you provide him with a 7000 dollar website? Not if you haven’t the slightest clue how to. If you are used to making hundred buck sites then that is precisely what you will throw at him. And if you really feel you need many clients at a go but cant organize your time well to serve 2 within the same period, how will you handle twenty?
The greatest freedom
The greatest freedom you can have is freedom from your self. The bad bits in you that is. if you can figure out how to stay focused on the strengths and not your weaknesses you can be surprised at the progress you will make. You are not a constant that cannot be improved unless you subscribe to the motion that you are. I always say nothing is absolute. Adidas will tell you impossible is nothing. Tomato/tomayto. Sure, freeing yourself from things that do not add value to your life like a super shitty boss is necessary but what if the experience has made you rebellious to any sort of authority? You need to find out how to free yourself from that.
Some of the people who grew up in an affluent environments often wind up with the most decayed characters because no one bought them some good values to live by. Whilst most of them get by and find something interesting to make of their lives, it takes much longer than necessary. A whole load of resources ends up wasted in the hands of people who don’t really need that much. You have to ask – Have we become so alienated to our core values that when given the tools to realize them we appear completely clueless? Is society constantly suffocating us with false ideologies of what we really need? We are flashed with images of affluent lives that make it seem cool to be idle and lazy. Does it mean we should be idle and lazy. You need to free yourself from such ideologies in order to truly be free in your own eyes. Free yourself from fear, laziness, greed, hate, selfishness and such like stains if they make you feel chained inside even after every chain outside you has been let lose.